An indirect sequel, Bad Company 2 Vietnam was developed, incorporating many elements and features of the original game as well as utilizing total destruction made available by the Frostbite Engine.
OverviewBattlefield Vietnam features many improvements over its predecessor, Battlefield 1942. The game provides players with a variety of weapons, traps, and vehicles from the era. Radio music from the 1960s is introduced in vehicles as well as the ability to fire from passenger seats.
Battlefield Vietnam features many historically accurate weapons in the game, as well as a new weapon kit system when compared to its predecessor Battlefield 1942.
Weapon kits are more diversified between factions, differing functionally as well as aesthetically. This makes each faction feel different and unique. Unlike its predecessor, which featured a single loadout for each kit, Battlefield Vietnam features two loadouts per kit.
- Heavy Assault: replaces the Anti-tank Kit and also utilizes elements of the Assault kit.
- Assault: replaces the Medic Kit though it still retains the medkit.
World War II Mod
On March 15, 2005, EA re-released the game as Battlefield Vietnam: Redux, which includes the 1.01, 1.02, 1.1, and 1.2 patches, new vehicles, maps, and an EA-produced World War II mod. The World War II mod includes a number of maps from the Pacific Theater maps of Battlefield 1942, as well as ported weapons, factions, kits, vehicles, and several new items such as the flamethrower kit.
Glitches and Bugs
The track list for Battlefield Vietnam, included throughout the gameplay, is as follows:
- Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
- Edwin Starr - War
- Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Nowhere to Run
- The Troggs - Wild Thing
- Rare Earth - Get Ready
- Canned Heat - On the Road Again
- The Guess Who - Shakin' All Over
- Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
- Deep Purple - Hush
- The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night
- The Kinks - You Really Got Me
- The Box Tops - The Letter
- Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love
- Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law
- Budapest Symphony Orchestra - The Ride Of The Valkyries
- The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird
- Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit" (Instrumental Remix)
Battlefield Vietnam generally received positive reviews and currently holds scores of 84 on Metacritic based on 48 reviews and 83.50% on GameRankings based on 52 reviews. Critics praised the graphical improvement, vast selection of maps, vehicles, and weapons, and online multiplayer. Though critics did criticize the single-player, for the enemy AI being very unintelligent.
GameSpot gave the game a score of 8.5 out of 10, saying that "Yet, even when Battlefield fans factor in the new vehicles--namely, the helicopters--that still won't change the sense that they've played this game before. Perhaps it's because so many of us have played Battlefield 1942 for countless hours, but the fact remains that the thrill of discovery is gone. Make no mistake, though: Battlefield Vietnam is a great, undeniably fun game."
IGN gave the game a score of 8.2 out of 10, saying that "If you're a fan of 1942, you'll have fun in Vietnam. If you've never played a Battlefield game and want to try, this is probably a good way to get into it with combat that may be more familiar due to the more modern weaponry. Hopefully EA will be releasing a demo in the future that will allow new players a chance to try the game out for a little while, but if you can't wait, I'm guessing most people won't be too upset by this purchase."
Thunderbolt gave the game a score of 9 out of 10, saying that "It is, without a doubt, one of the best multiplayer games out there today, and if you don’t fall in love with it the second you jump in a Huey and put Creedence Clearwater Revival on the radio, then you’re just not trying hard enough."
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